David Letterman: Top 10 Things We’ll Miss About Jay Leno

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David Letterman and Paul Shaffer recalled their time together at NBC on the original Late Night show in 1982. After Letterman was passed over for Jay Leno to replace Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, Dave packed up and moved to CBS, where he has been ever since.

Now Jimmy Fallon, who currently hosts Late Night, Dave’s previous series, is being given the top spot on Tonight in 2014, when Jay Leno rides off into the sunset. Ex-Late Night host Conan O’Brien, who briefly hosted Tonight before being replaced by Leno once again, now has a program on TBS

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David Letterman: Top 10 Things We’ll Miss About Jay Leno

David Letterman reflected on the tumultuous history of late night talk show hosts and shared the Late Show’s Top 10 Things We’ll Miss About Jay Leno. (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

“Something’s wrong here. This happened once before with Conan O’Brien and then they had to bring Jay back,” Dave said of the confusing situation that is giving TV fans deja vu.

Letterman said he has known Jay Leno for 38 years. Dave congratulated his friend for going out on top. “How many times can a guy be pushed out of a job, and what’s the matter with NBC?” Dave wondered.

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Those are some good questions, and Shaffer and Letterman came off looking humble and self-deprecating in their banter about the situation. “Is there any way NBC can push me out of this job?” Dave asked.

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He also considered the problem of going head to head each night with two hosts named Jimmy: Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. What do you think will happen when NBC bids Jay adieu once more in 2014?

David Letterman: Top 10 Things We’ll Miss About Jay Leno

The night’s top 10 list continued in this vein, exploring the Top 10 Things We’ll Miss About Jay Leno.

  • 10. Whenever he used a “headline” that I sent in, I got a Tonight Show T-shirt.
  • 9. Now I’m the only guy in late night television who is not a Jimmy.
  • 8. He looks damn good in denim.
  • 7. Driving one of his antique fire trucks.
  • 6. Playful spats with Gelman.
  • 5. If you broke down on the freeway, Jay was always there to help with a camera crew.
  • 4. Can’t remember the name of the big, but it’s the one where Jay is walking.
  • 3. He’s mom’s favorite talk show host.
  • 2. I won’t be able to do my Jay Leno impression anymore.
  • 1. Watching him interview big stars who won’t do this show.

What will you miss most about Leno? Share it in the comments.

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